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Gallup: Uninsured Rate Continues to Rise

The percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance rose more quickly in 2011 than in 2010.
 
Elizabeth Mendes, an analyst at Gallup Inc., Princeton, N.J., is reporting that finding in a summary of results from a daily survey of 1,000 U.S. adults.
 
The average adult uninsurance rate increased to 17.1% for all of 2011, from 16.4% for all of 2010.
 
The uninsurance rate for December 2011 was 17.7%, up from 17.5% in December 2010, Mendes says.
 
Like other polling organizations, Gallup has found that the young adult coverage access provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) seems to be helping more young adults get coverage.
 
The provision requires employer health plans that offer employees access to dependent care benefits to make dependent care coverage available to children up to age 26. Before, many plans had cut off access to health coverage when children left the home or stopped attending college.
 
The uninsurance rate for poll participants ages 18 to 25 fell to 24.5% in 20111, from 27.6% in 2010, Mendes says.
 
"Although this group is still among the most likely to be uninsured, it is the only group Gallup tracks that has seen a significant decline in the percentage of uninsured in 2011," Mendes says.
 
Survey participants with incomes over $90,000 also reported a decline in uninsurance. Their average 2011 uninsurance rate fell to 4.4%, from 4.7% in 2010.

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